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Rodgers won't waste transfer budget

ESPN staff
August 1, 2013

Brendan Rodgers has vowed not to deplete Liverpool's remaining transfer funds just for the sake of making new signings.

Liverpool have already splashed out £25 million on four new players this summer, with Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas, Sevilla's Luis Alberto, Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure all drafted in.

Rodgers' hand may be forced if Luis Suarez leaves Anfield, with Arsenal still intent on signing the striker.

But unless he is sure a player will improve the squad he already has, Rodgers is unwilling to get the cheque book out again.

"They have to be of the right quality, that's the bottom line," Rodgers said.

"We've got money to spend on getting that quality in but if it's not available I won't waste it for the sake of bringing a player in.

"We're really working hard to bring in the type of profile that can really help us push on.

"All of the new boys have settled in really well. Simon Mignolet has been first-class. He has shown that he is one of the top young goalkeepers in European football.

"I think he will prove over the next coming years at Liverpool that he is a top goalkeeper.

"Kolo Toure speaks for himself - his experience and his fitness has been first-class since he came in and he's a really good man.

"That was the idea of bringing him in, because of his winning mentality and his personality.

"Iago has settled in well and got a few goals in pre-season, which is great for his confidence. He's a livewire in and around the box.

"Luis Alberto is obviously still young but has shown the qualities, technically, and has got a strong mentality.

"I think we can see early on that he can end up being a very good player for Liverpool."

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